September 12, 2013 06:21:15 GMT
The Lady Sybil of 'Downton Abbey' will play a woman who is saved by Radcliffe's hunch-backed character.
"Frankenstein" has found a leading lady in "Downton Abbey" actress Jessica Brown Findlay. She is cast as a love interest to Daniel Radcliffe who will be playing Igor, the hunch-backed assistant to Dr. Victor Frankenstein, in the 20th Century Fox's reimagining of the horror classic.
The classic Mary Shelley tale will be filmed from Igor's point of view. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" star James McAvoy is tapped as the titular mad scientist who wants to build a human body. Findlay will play a trapeze artist who becomes close to Igor after he saved her from an accident.
Paul McGuigan who directed "Scandal" pilot is tapped as the helmer with John Davis producing the project and Max Landis ("Chronicle") writing the script. Production is expected to kick off this fall in London and Scotland.
Plot details of the upcoming movie are still under wraps. Radcliffe once told The Hollywood Reporter, "It's about two young, brilliant guys pushing each other. Eventually one loses his morality and the other has to bring him back."
Findlay plays Lady Sybil in the PBS critically-acclaimed period drama which is entering its fourth season. Her next projects include Akiva Goldsman's supernatural drama "Winter's Tale" which also stars Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe and Will Smith.